Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, September 21, 2019 11:38:41 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Observe, orient, decide and act

By
17th-Nov-2014       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Kevin Carson :
I'm usually pretty optimistic about the day after tomorrow - I've been dismissed more than once as a techno-utopian - but sometimes when I get depressed by NSA surveillance, drones, and the corporate state's manufactured aura of inevitability, I need a story to cheer me up. Here it is: A Canadian artist copyrighted his land as a work of art to thwart construction of the Northern Gateway Pipeline across it (Stephen Keefe, "This Canadian Artist Halted Pipeline Development by Copyrighting His Land as a Work of Art," Vice, November 6).
Think about it: "Intellectual property" is the single most important state-enforced monopoly at the core of corporate capitalism. It's the keystone of every one of those so-called "Free Trade Agreements" that industry reps draft in secret and parliaments ratify without ever letting their members read the "classified" text. And here's a guy using it to sabotage a pipeline, which exemplifies the other major structural component of state capitalism: Massive state subsidies and land theft to promote energy and other extractive industries. He's using state capitalism to fight state capitalism. I'm still laughing.
Sometimes the capitalist state's internal rules and procedures, created to serve an economic ruling class, in specific cases wind up sabotaging the very interests they were created to serve. Much like the Catholic doctrine of concupiscence (the "war within my members" St. Paul wrote about), the legal framework and administrative machinery created to maintain capitalism takes on a life and internal logic of their own. Or if you're more familiar with Ghostbusters, when the destructor assumes a form it's limited by all the weaknesses the laws of its own nature impose on that form.
Authoritarian hierarchies will die because they're built on conflict of interest. They can't trust their subordinates with discretion to use their own judgment or situational knowledge, so they create standard operating procedures, "best practices" and Weberian work rules that degrade everybody's effectiveness. In order to limit the discretion of subordinates to harm the system, they must limit their discretion to use their own knowledge most effectively. The system doesn't know what the system knows; the whole is less than the sum of its parts.
At the same time, as Vinay Gupta once argued ("The Authoritarian Cause Will Be Defeated By Its Own Cognitive Dissonance," P2P Blog, January 17, 2012), the same kind of internal concupiscence, or what psychologists call "cognitive dissonance," means that subordinates carrying out the system's dirty work cannot be trusted with full awareness of the real nature of what they're doing and the purposes they serve. And many of those who suspect the nature of the system suppress their knowledge for their own peace of mind, as a defense mechanism that enables them to keep doing their jobs.
Aside from a handful of sociopaths who can serve the system knowing its true nature, the morale of the system's enforcers depends on their buying in to its legitimizing myths. Noam Chomsky somewhere quoted a letter home from a Japanese field-grade officer involved in the Manchurian counter-insurgency, who saw his mission - much like his American counterparts in Vietnam 25 years later - as defending civilization and economic progress from the scourge of communism.
The networked resistance, on the other hand, is made up of people who fully understand the nature of the system they're fighting and that of the system they're trying to supplant it with.
And a stigmergic network's actions consist entirely of the actions of its members, based on their own situational knowledge and skills. So it gets entirely inside what strategist John Boyd called the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) of hierarchies. It reacts to situations, iterates new policies, assesses the results - lather, rinse repeat - many times faster than the enemy hierarchy can react to it.
We fight a system whose very nature is defined by exploitation, extraction and conflict of interest, which can therefore only function by deceiving its component members, threatening them with force, or impeding their use of their own full knowledge and judgement. We, on the other hand, fight to supplant it with a system based on reciprocity, solidarity and self-determination, and on the willing and fully informed participation of everyone involved. Who will win? It's no contest.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Breathing the worst air in Dhaka


THE Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday morning showed that Dhaka's air quality was the second-worst in the world. Dhaka had a score of 190 at 8:21am, indicating that the quality was unhealthy. When the AQI value is between 101 and 200, there is an increased likelihood of adverse effects ...

City »

Natun Dhara Bangladesh formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday with a call to ban casino business.


.

Entertainment »

Jhumu Khan will return to music any time


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Jhumu Khan is a professional doctor. Before becoming doctor she started her career in music. In 1994, her first solo album titled Chondrima Raatey was released. A song of that album titled Pan Khaite Chun Lagey got popularity during that time. Composed by Manam Ahmed Hasan Motiur ...

International »

Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack


AFP, Dubai :The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".Pompeo has blamed Iran for the dramatic weekend assault on two facilities, condemning an "act of war" which ...

Front Page »

2 Rohingyas among 3 'criminals' killed in C'bazar gunfight


UNB, Cox's Bazar :Three suspected criminals, including two Rohingyas, were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Baharchhara in Teknaf upazila early Thursday.The deceased were identified as Mohammad Jamil, 20, son of Fazal Ahmed; and Asmat Ullah, 21, son of Nabi Hossain of Ukhiya's Balukhali camp; and Mohammad Rafique, ...

Sports »

Timea Babos of Hungary, returns a shot to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic, during their second round match of the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday.


International »

UK, US discuss need for united diplomatic response to Saudi attack


Reuters, London :British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump condemned last weekend's attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and discussed the need for a united diplomatic response in a telephone call on Wednesday, Mr Johnson's office said."They condemned the attacks and discussed the need for a united ...

International »

US senators urge Trump to end nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia


Reuters, Washington :Two Democratic U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Trump administration officials to halt talks with Saudi Arabia on building nuclear reactors after weekend attacks that halved the country's oil output and increased instability in the Middle East.U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters on Tuesday at a nuclear power ...

Editorial »

Investors losing interest in stock market


THE government's recent measures to prop up the stock market appear to have failed as the unusual fall of share prices continues to rattle investors. The DSEX, the benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, slumped to a 33-month low to 4,888 points on Wednesday, losing 533.61 points or 9.84 percent ...

Entertainment »

Farhana Mili in role of judge


Entertainment Report :Farhana Mili is a noted actress of the small screen. Basically she won the hearts of so many viewers to work in movie Monpura. After acting in this movie, she only engaged herself with acting only in the small screen. Sometimes Mili is seen to perform as a ...

Cricket »

England cricket chiefs back Ben Stokes in family tragedy story row


England cricket chiefs on Tuesday rallied round star all-rounder Ben Stokes after he criticised a British newspaper report about a family tragedy more than 30 years ago.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said he was "disgusted and appalled" by the front-page story in The ...

Editorial »

Needs sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis


THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the same ministry that Dhaka is planning to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for its repression on the Rohingyas. The Foreign Ministry also informed that Bangladesh would also take ...

International »

Iran's President says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as 'warning'


By Agencies :Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Yemenis targeted Saudi oil installations as a "warning" about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom's US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country."The Yemenis… haven't hit a hospital, they haven't hit a school, they haven't hit Sanaa bazaar. They just ...

International »

Do not underestimate no-deal Brexit, EU's Barnier warns


Reuters, Strasbourg  :The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Wednesday not to underestimate the consequences of any no-deal Brexit and said issues raised by Britain's exit from the EU would still need addressing before a future relationship could be agreed."I advise everyone not to underestimate the consequences, clearly for ...

Entertainment »

Kareena’s simplistic look comes with a price tag of Rs75K


Kareena Kapoor Khan aka Poo is always ready to ‘woo’ us with her amazing fashion and style. Time and again the actress has proved her fashion statement by giving major goals to many. Her latest girl next door look is one of the looks which every girl would wish for. ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news